South Africa’s international tourist arrivals went up 3.3% in 2011 compared to the FIFA World Cup year – 2010, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk announced on Thursday.

Mr Schalkwyk said, in a media briefing, that despite tough global economic conditions tourist arrivals had surpassed the 8.1 million mark reached in 2010 when record-breaking growth of 15.1% was recorded.

A total of 8.34-million international tourists visited the country in 2011.

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